About Us

 

OUR MISSION

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Veteran Success Resource Group (VSRG) partners with Bourbiz to host expos in cities across the United States. Free of charge to veterans and their families, each expo connects hundreds of veterans with dozens of businesses, universities, government agencies and veteran service organizations (VSOs) in a casual environment.

Whether attendees need help finding a job, starting a business or navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs, our expos provide access to folks who can help and an environment that’s designed for interaction. Attendees of our events mingle with top executives from the nation’s most military friendly employers, successful entrepreneurs and, of course, veteran service organizations.

Our list of presenters includes: T-Mobile, CVS, Kilpatrick Townsend, JobPath, Hirepurpose, American Corporate Partners, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Headquarters, American Veterans (AMVETS) National Headquarters, D.C.’s Mayors Office of Veterans Affairs, Texas Veterans Commission and many more.

Many veterans and military members, however, attend our events because they miss the camaraderie they lost when they left the service. To this end, we create a casual setting that helps ensure former junior-enlisted service members, who compose more than half of our nation’s armed forces and can face the greatest barriers in transition, feel comfortable at our events.

OUR HISTORY

Scott Davidson, Justin Constantine and Isabella Edelman teamed up to start VSRG in 2014. The longtime friends, veterans and entrepreneurs aimed to create a one-stop shop that connects veterans with the knowledge, resources and contacts they need to achieve success after service.

But the idea that led to VSRG and Bourbiz dates to about a decade earlier and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As Davidson and Constantine recovered from injuries that ended their military careers, they discussed their difficulties negotiating a deluge of organizations, services and headhunters. Together they wondered how service members with fewer resources managed to find the right person at the right organization.

After years of planning, VSRG and Bourbiz held its inaugural event in New York City in 2014. Through a process of trial-and-error, the expos have grown and expanded. Our most recent expo attracted more than 1,400 attendees to MGM National Harbor.   In 2020, locations in California and Nevada will be added to a  roster of host cities that includes San Antonio, Washington, New York and Tampa. 

OUR TEAM

Mike Phipps

Mr. Phipps served nine years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Active Duty and…

Dawn Mills

Dawn Sedjo Mills is the new Director of Events overseeing the growing efforts of Bourbiz….

Justin Constantine

Justin is a former Marine and attorney and is now an inspirational speaker and…

Scott Davidson CEO & Managing Principal

Scott M. Davidson CPT. USA, Retired has more than 14 years of professional consulting…

Isabella Edelman Director

As the Director, Isabella assists in setting strategic goals for GOVCON OPS, mapping out…

Jack Mandaville Brand Ambassador

Jack has been blessed with some of the most extraordinary professional experiences a person…

ABOUT OUR EVENTS

Bourbiz features our signature sampling of more than 20 different types of Bourbon, Whiskey, Wine, and Scotch during the event, as well as meet and greet opportunities with decorated veterans, sports stars, and other notable personalities. For this event we added an icebreaker name tag that allows for visual recognition, easily connecting attendees with resource providers. In addition to the vast networking and resource opportunities, As always, our event culminates in a free raffle of autographed memorabilia and other exciting giveaways!